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  • Who are the Libyan rebels? U.S. tries to figure out

    rebel1When a U.S. Air Force pilot ejected from his crashing F-15 Eagle fighter jet and landed in rebel-held eastern Libya overnight Tuesday, he soon found that he was in friendly hands.

    "He was a very nice guy," Libyan businessman Ibrahim Ismail told Newsweek of the initially quite anxious American pilot. "He came to free the Libyan people." Rebel officials dispatched a doctor to attend to the pilot and presented him with a bouquet of flowers, according to Newsweek.

    But the U.S. government, now engaged in a fourth day of air strikes against Libyan regime military targets, does not know very much about the rebels who now see it as a friendly ally in their fight to overthrow Muammar Gadhafi.

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  • U.S. F-15 crashes in Libya, crew ejects

    A U.S. Air Force F-15E fighdownedF15inLibyaReuterslrgter jet crashed overnight over rebel-held Libya, but its crew was reported to be safe after ejecting, Reuters reports:

    Libyan rebels rescued the pilot after he ejected from the warplane which came down near the eastern city of Benghazi, Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on its website.

    Another spokesman for the Stuttgart-based Africa Command said later that the second crewman had also been safely rescued, and that both crewmembers had suffered only minor injuries after ejecting from the aircraft.

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  • International alliance divided over Libya command


    President Barack Obama, speaking in Santiago, Chile on Monday, defended his decision to order U.S. strikes against Libyan military targets, and insisted that the mission is clear.

    And like a parade of Pentagon officials the past few days, Obama insisted that the United States' lead military role will be turned over—"in days, not weeks"—to an international command of which the United States will be just one part.

    The only problem: None of the countries in the international coalition can yet agree on to whom or how the United States should hand off responsibilities.

    The sense of urgency among White House officials to resolve the command dispute is profound: with each hour the U.S. remains in charge of yet another Middle East military intervention, Congress steps up criticism that Obama went to war in Libya without first getting its blessing, nor defining precisely what the end-game will be. (On Monday, Obama sent Congress official notification that he had ordered the U.S. military two days earlier to commence operations "to prevent humanitarian catastrophe" in Libya and support the international coalition implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1973.)

    Below, an explainer on the military mission in Libya, the dispute over who should command it after its initial phase, and whether the military is concerned about mission creep.

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  • Federer stuns Djokovic in Dubai
    Federer stuns Djokovic in Dubai

    Roger Federer claimed the 84th title of his legendary career, kept his nose in front in his personal rivalry with Novak Djokovic, and equalled his best achievement at any tournament by winning the Dubai Open for the seventh time on Saturday. He had to be pleased with what he had done, he reckoned, even if it was the first time that he had lost in his five finals here.

  • Soccer-English premier league results and standings

    Feb 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the English premier league matches on Saturday Saturday, February 28Burnley 0 Swansea City 1 Manchester United 2 Sunderland 0 Newcastle United 1 Aston Villa 0 Stoke City 1 Hull City 0 West Bromwich Albion 1 Southampton 0 West Ham United 1 Crystal Palace 3 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Chelsea 26 18 6 2 56 22 60 2 Manchester City 26 16 7 3 56 25 55 3 Manchester United 27 14 8 5 46 26 50 -------------------------4 Arsenal 26 14 6 6 49 29 48 -------------------------5 Southampton 27 14 4 9 38 20 46 -------------------------6 Liverpool 26 13 6 ...

  • Keshi says Nigeria offered him 'slave contract'
    Keshi says Nigeria offered him 'slave contract'

    Coach Stephen Keshi has said a new deal offered to him by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)amounts to a "slave contract". A debate has raged whether 52-year-old Keshi should be given a new contract after he failed to qualify the Super Eagles for the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. His initial contract of three years ran out after last year's World Cup in Brazil, where Nigeria reached the last 16 knockout stages. After a long wait, Keshi, who triumphed with Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, said he had received his new contract from the NFF but had been far from impressed with what was on offer.

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